Our Policies

Programming POLICY


At Little Explorer’s Early Learning Centre we aim to provide a programme that encourages children’s active involvement in a variety of planned and spontaneous activities and experiences. We aim to develop and encourage children’s curiosity and interest in their surroundings.


A high quality programme provides a safe and nurturing environment that meets and promotes the children’s physical, social, emotional, language and cognitive development.


1. The programme includes a balance of

  • active and passive activities.
  • Indoors and outdoors experiences.
  • Individual, small group and large group experiences.
  • Structured and unstructured experiences
  • Experiences for the development of each child’s social, emotional, fine and gross motor, cognitive,
  • language, creative and sensory skills as well as health and nutrition education.

2. The Program must also

  • have an anti-bias approach, giving all children access to all activities.
  • be flexible.
  • have opportunities for the children to make choices and take on new challenges.
  • will foster creative development and aesthetic awareness
  • encourage a relationship with parents as the family has the most important influences on a child’s development.
  • Mutual trust and respect and the sharing of information provides continuity of care for children to feel secure and expand their learning capacity.
  • Include a multicultural perspective, respecting each family’s culture and language, looking at similarities as well as differences.
  • foster a positive self-concept in the children.
  • foster intellectual language development.
  • Program must be displayed for parents to view and discuss with staff.

Staff , children and families will work as a team in preparing and implementing the program, which is planned to reflect the centre philosophy, aims, goals, and interests of the children. The development of the program is ongoing and involves decision making and also evaluation throughout the day.

When planning the program staff ensure that opportunities are given for children to initiate and maintain their own play. The program provides a balance between safe and challenging environments to inspire the children to explore and ask questions.

Modifications will be made in the environment for children with special needs. Staff may make appropriate, professional referrals where necessary, in consultation with the parents.


Each day staff will evaluate the program. Program evaluation is the process of identifying and assessing the implemented program. An essential part of this process is the assessment of the children’s progress in order to develop programs according to the individual child’s development and to communicate this information to the parents. It is at the evaluation stage that improvements or modifications to program plans are made, and ideas and decisions from the children are recorded and followed up in future programs.


Records of the children’s development are obtained through ongoing observations. This information will be kept in a journal. The journals are a way we document your child’s development and some of the activities they participate in. We also use the journal to record various interests your child has throughout the year. Other documentation in this book will include photographs, drawings, artwork, children’s conversations and parent comments. The staff by observing and listening to the children and parents can gain an understanding of each child and their current development and thinking. The journals also provide staff with ideas to incorporate into the program. Experiences are then planned for the children to further develop and support their play and encourage curiosity. Children’s interests are followed up and evaluated and recorded in the individual journals and the program.

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